Episode 106: What Studying 300 Negligent Discharge Stories Teaches You

Topic: What Studying 300 Negligent Discharge Stories Teaches You 

The ConcealedCarry.com team spent 3 months researching, studying and analyzing 292 negligent discharges that occurred between December 2014 and November 2016. What we learned from this intensive study was both remarkable and surprising!! Listen in to find out why both the anti-gunners and gun-rights supporters have at times been wrong in their understanding of some of these issues!  Tune in now…


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  1. Matthew Maruster on March 23, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Loved the article and the podcast was really sound! Great episode! Thanks for doing all that outstanding research.

    • Riley Bowman on March 23, 2017 at 9:38 pm

      Thank you, Matthew!

  2. Gilbert L on May 9, 2020 at 11:31 am

    I know this is an old article, but I think it’s an important one. First, let me start off by saying thank you for bringing attention to this issue and I completely agree with its intent, which I believe is to bring awareness to the issue of ND’s and firearm safety. As a fellow parent, gun owner, and ccw permit holder, I can say that this issue is at the forefront of my mind.

    I feel the need, however, to raise issue with the way you present your data, given the fact that there is no way to confirm its accuracy based on the fact that many ND’s may go unreported when there are no injuries involved.

    You mention that, based on your data, that ND’s during the time frame happed on an “every other day” frequency, which in my opinion may understate the actual frequency in which they occur.

    Also, in the podcast you advocate for the use of gun safes at home, but stop short of advocating for laws which require their use. Based on the reported cases that you show, there is absolutely a case to be made for legally requiring their use. I can’t say that it would have changed any of the outcomes, however it couldn’t have hurt.

    On that topic, I think we should stop referring to those who advocate for sensible gun laws (such as the safe storage law) as anti-gunners and those who oppose gun legislation as pro-gunners. It’s just false logic to separate people into those two groups as I would be surprised if there aren’t many people who feel the same way I do.

    Anyway, I really appreciate this podcast and the effort you made in producing it. It’s an unpopular issue and I applaud you for getting this info out there. Be safe!

    • Jacob Paulsen on May 9, 2020 at 11:43 am

      Gilbert thanks for your thought out comment. I don’t recall now but I would have thought we would have disclaimed the potential failures of the data based on our research method which was to just gather news stories we could find via internet searches. We ONLY included NDs in which someone was injured or killed so out of the gate that is an important distinction. There is potentially a case to be made for mandatory storage but I personally don’t support any of the legislation I’ve seen to that end. I don’t think its hypocritical to think that secure firearm storage is a best practice but not want it legally enforced. I do agree with your sentiments that people who advocate for safe storage probably shouldn’t be referred to as anti-gunners; but many of the laws referred to as “Sensible” or “common sense” are in my opinion anti-gun or anti-second amendment. Regardless your point is valid and noted.

      • Gilbert L on May 9, 2020 at 12:29 pm

        Hey Jacob, thanks for the reply! I went back and listened to the podcast again and you do make the distinction about omitting incidents without injury, and in fact your co-host even has some commentary about unreported ND’s. So I appreciate that and I must have missed it on my first listen.

        Anyway, I did want to clarify that I wasn’t trying to call anyone a hypocrite, only to bring awareness to the fact that agreeing with things like safe storage and gun legislation to that effect, does not make one a gun hatter or anti-gunner. I did appreciate the content of the podcast and your quick reply with the clarification. Be Safe!

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